University Coal Research

To improve scientific and technical understanding of the chemistry and physics involved in the conversion and utilization of coal.

The primary objective is to fund long-term, high-risk, meritorious fundamental research for the advancement of science related to all Fossil Energy's coal-related

Through an annual solicitation, applications are sought with the potential to overcome barriers in technology development and accelerate the identification of solutions for energy and environmental problems.

Solicited research should contemplate nearly total carbon closure by the year 2015 along with substantial increases in energy conversion efficiency for utilizing our nation's abundant coal resources.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

In 2008, within the board area of Enabling Advanced Modeling and Simulation for Fuel-Flexible Combustors, projects were awarded in two the subtopic areas that follows: 1) Quantify Current Prediction Capability for Flashback and Lean Blowout, and Identify The Sensitivity to Physical Sub-Models and 2) Conduct Numeric Investigations of Boundary Condition Effects On CFD Simulations of Thermo-Acoustic Instabilities.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Office - Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, P.O.

Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

Contact: Ms. Paula Flenory, Telephone (412) 386-4781.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Maryland, College Park $ 349,969   2021-01-012023-12-31
Regents Of The University Of California At Riverside $ 500,000   2020-09-202023-09-19
University Of Massachusetts $ 499,958   2020-09-042023-09-03
University Of Texas At San Antonio, The $ 499,982   2020-09-012023-08-31
University Of Texas At El Paso $ 250,000   2020-09-012023-08-31
Michigan State University $ 496,475   2020-09-012023-08-31
Johns Hopkins University, The $ 500,000   2020-09-012023-08-31
West Virginia University Research Corporation $ 500,000   2020-08-172023-08-16
Ohio State University, The $ 500,000   2020-08-012023-07-31
Morgan State University $ 500,000   2020-08-012023-07-31

Program Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2008, eight applications were received and two awards were made.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Work must be related to program objectives.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility


colleges and universities may apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. colleges and universities will benefit. The principal investigator must be a teaching professor and the grant must support at least one student enrolled at the college/university.


Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

This program is subject to the provisions of 10 CFR 600. Proposals should be submitted through

Award Procedures

Proposals reviewed by qualified experts in accordance with the factors listed in 10 CFR Chapter II, Part 600 with specific emphasis on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed in the formal solicitation for proposals.


Deadlines are stated in solicitations issued annually. Currently, solicitations are issued between April and July with proposals due 6 weeks later. Interested parties should check the NETL Webpage at or for announcements on solicitation release.


Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Public Law 83-703; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Public Law 93-438; Research and Marketing Act of 1946, as amended, Public Law 85-934; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93- 577; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 1980, Public Law 96-126; Department of Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations for 2004, Public Law 108-108.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90 to 180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Limited university/industrial collaboration is encouraged but not required for applications submitted by one or two institutions. For larger size grants that require industrial participation a minimum of 25% cost sharing is required in these University/Industry partnership applications. Details are described in the solicitation. This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Varies, but it is no longer than 36 months. Usually funded by the Electronic Transfer System.

Post Assistance Requirements


Reports are currently required on a quarterly basis on progress and expenditures.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A- 110, in conjunction with OMB Circular No. A-21, "Cost Principles for Education Institutions".


Retention of records will be required pursuant to guidelines set forth in 10 CFR 600.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Grants) FY 07 $2,755,000; FY 08 $2,376,000; and FY 09 est $2,413,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Funding varies; however, projected fund in the future could range from $200,000 to $600,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A formal competitive solicitation for proposals was issued in April, 2008 for the fiscal year 2009 program.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Project Office - National Energy Technology Laboratory, P.O. Box 10940, Pittsburgh, PA 15236. Contact: Ms. Paula Flenory, Telephone (412) 386-4781.

Headquarters Office

Office of Advanced Research, Assistant Secretary of Fossil Energy, Washington, DC 20585. Contact: Fred Glaser. Telephone: (301) 903-2786.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Emphasis is on the scientific and technical merit of the proposed research and the factors listed as generic goals in the formal solicitation for proposals.

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